Category Archives: life

approved by skipper

what is a perfect picture ? what is a perfect flower ? actually i am not sure of either answer. perfect carries too much baggage. what is a good picture ? one that tells the story. one that is approved by skipper. that is a picture that will do. a picture good enough for this moment…

not ready

this is a leap and it is not. it will effect the the garden and the flowers. the question is how much and how soon ? okay that was two questions. i watched the democratic debate tonight. all of the candidates acknowledged climate change to one degree or another. one candidate places it as his number one priority. one of the reasons is the year 2030 has been given as a tipping point. if the current trends do not change in global warming and the increase continues in green house gasses like carbon and methane, and fossil fuel use continues at the current rate 2030 could be a point of no recovery. that is a scientific prediction. some will say we cannot change the weather and there no way we could change something as big as the climate either. really ? we have already proven we can do amazing things. some good. some not so good. we have gone to the moon and back. we have also stopped as in dried up some rather big rivers. the colorado, the yellow river, the amu dayra and the syr darya have all been reduced in flow for human use so that their water does not reach the sea. the yellow river was once one of the most powerful rivers on the planet. there are portions of the atlantic and pacific oceans that are filling with plastic waste. the vast majority of glaciers are rapidly melting. the normal weather patterns are alternating between too dry and too wet. and it is effecting agriculture and drinking water. storms that are supposed to happen once every 100 and every 1000 years are occurring at much more frequent rates. fire storms in california, other western states, and australia are out of control. the artic and antartic ice caps are disappearing. greenland ice is melting too. and there are huge mysterious holes appearing in the earth in siberia. they have been attributed to melting methane previously trapped by permafrost. do we know enough about global warming and mankind’s role in it ? not nearly enough. i fear and hope that we are embarking on a crash course on it. given our current skills and our affection for the petrochemical economy i hope we have enough time. 2030 is way too close for us to start on getting our act together. given all the various ways climate change has effected us so far it makes me want to rename it to reflect the level of challenge we are experiencing. a level that may get more difficult before it gets better. i am beginning to think of it as climate revolution. and before we are done mother nature may relentlessly beat into us the result of our thoughtless meddling. and yes i still hold a flower of hope. if we survive it it will make us stronger. maybe even smarter too…

rock paper scissors

sometimes i think nature is a massive game of rock paper scissors. except in the case of nature it is more playing pieces. things like sunlight, temperature, elevation, adaption to heat, adaption to cold, and so on. trees tend to tower over other plants right up until they cannot. welcome to the tundra and the mountain tree line. watch the trees dwindle away and surrender their realm to the lowliest of plants. plants and animals seem so powerful and clever when they are in their niche. and so incredibly lost when the fall out of it. spring is moving north day by day. today the early species daylily opened up. the front porch faces south and the bricks create a micro-climate that hurries these plants along. the species will bloom for about two weeks. and then they will be done. how quickly the hybridized daylilies step into line and follow varies from year to year. sometimes they come right behind the species. sometimes they take another week to come into bloom. will it be rock, paper, or scissors this time ?

not old man river

the song says old man river keeps on rolling along. rolling spring is not. leaping. sprinting. impatient as all get out. that would be spring. so a few spring flowers and a few daylilies from the previous year. dwarf iris are in bloom. the bearded iris are next…


the temperature is gradually moving up.  it was a good night for a walk to dinner.  there were tulips blooming down at the end of the street.  and daffodils.  tomorrow a daffodil should be blooming here.  it was a very good day for some poking around in the garden.  a bit of mud under the finger nails and a few weeds and a stray plant or two moved.  the garden just might be open for spring.

13-000 seedling

14-109-B Dark Counterpoint x Scandinavia

14-163 Indigo Ignition x Skinwalker

17-0705-001 big orange

at some point

a simple yellow flower is enough.  at some point the zinnia, phlox, cosmos, and clematis will still be blooming.  then again under that simple yellow flower is one more bud that wants to bloom.  there are a handful of seed pods that carry the future of next year.  so is it flowers that mark the continuation of the season ?  is it new buds ?  or is it new seeds ?  or at some point do i realize one season flows into the other with only the merest shadow of a line separating one season from the other ?  it will happen whether i am paying attention or not.  whether mother nature pays attention of not.  it will just happen…

very flexible

and when they are not very simple they are flexible.  mother nature only pays attention to the rules when she wants too.  the pollen body in the flower is growing out of the middle of the petal.  just say surprise and enjoy.

a little alchemy

there is time for a few more crosses.  whether or not there is room for a few more seeds is a much more serious question that will be answered next spring.  back to the cross question.  the seedling is a mostly white flower.  it is parentage involves two generations of purple flowers crossed into a whitish flower where the white overpowers the purple.  will it happen again if these two are combined ?  predicting what the genetics will do is a bit like alchemy.  there is still too much unknown.  the only way to find out is to try.  and in the trying is all the fun.

14-135 11-0727A Blue Lustre ( breath of blue air x mascara snake) x 11-078 Give Me Eight X Smoke Scream

today’s flowers

just a selection of this and that.  and a little bit of ink from one of the flowers from the day before.  after one day they melt and drip and are done…

12-089 Solar Music x Strung Out